Moore woman fights off attacker, police say

Tuesday, August 26th 2008, 4:31 pm
By: News 9

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

MOORE, Okla. -- A 75-year-old Moore woman fought back when a man tried to rape her Friday morning, police said.

The woman told police Shane Davis of Oklahoma City stopped at her home Thursday and asked for help with a wound then attacked her when she went to her bedroom for medicine.

"When he started to approach her, she decided that she wasn't becoming a victim. She kicked him in the groin area twice, gouged him in the eyes and took a cordless phone and hit him aside the head," said Sgt. Todd Strickland of the Moore Police Department.

Davis, 35, was arrested Monday night on an unrelated burglary complaint. He is accused of robbing a hotel in south Oklahoma City about 30 minutes after the Moore attack.

He was charged with attempted first degree rape in Cleveland County after the woman identified Davis as her attacker, police said.

Police said the woman told officers she saw how to fight off the attack on the daytime "Dr. Phil" talk show.

"There was a show about how not to become a victim and how to fight an assailant off. She said that's where she learned how to kick and scratch and gouge the eyes," Sgt. Strickland said.

A martial arts expert said most women can use similar tactics to ward off an attacker.

"I'm proud of her. It just tickles me to death, but you know the one thing I would not teach her to do would be kicking low," said instructor Mark Hale from the ATA Blackbelt Academy. "The eyes and the throat, the neck--great targets and small ladies can use those to get home safe."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.